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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
PS+ Games for March - released next Tuesday.

Disc Jam, PS4
Tearaway Unfolded, PS4
Under Night: In-Birth, PS3
Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3
Lumo, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4)
Severed, PS Vita

Disc Jam, a combination of air hockey and tennis, has the hype of being the next Rocket League. Rocket League was also was a free PS+ game, which helped it take off. Tearaway looked great long ago in a Playstation presentation but I never thought to buy it. Definitely will check it out.

Ebay is selling PS+ for $44 for a year. Or, until the end of the month, you can get 15 months of PS+ and 3 months of Showtime via PS Vue for $60. You must be a VUE subscriber to use the Showtime service.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.52
Thanks for the heads up on the PS+. My Gold and + are both lapsed so I've been looking for a deal.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
I was too late to actually get the PS+ one. My PS+ runs out in June, so expect me to keep posting about these at least until I actually buy one.

New Releases: Week of March 7, 2017

2Dark - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/10)- "a grim journey of stealth and courage into the heart of corruption"

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (PS4 Version at Retail) - "The second entry in the Mysterious saga follows the adventures of the enthusiastic Firis Mistlud and her loving older sister Liane Mistlud."

Clicker Heroes - PS4 — Digital - "Ever wondered what one quadrillion damage per second feels like? Wonder no more!"

Darknet - PS VR — Digital - "a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker contracted to retrieve data from the world’s most secure networks."

Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "combines the elements that made Kick Off, its sequel Kick Off 2 and Goal such a success"

Disc Jam - PS4 — Digital (Free for PS Plus this Month - "a fast-paced action-sports game that pits two to four players against each other in a frantic mix of air hockey and tennis"

Gem Smashers - PS4, PS Vita — Digital - "a fun puzzle game with eight worlds and more than 100 levels"

Lego Worlds - PS4 — Digital, Retail - Lego Worlds - "an open environment of procedurally-generated Worlds made entirely of Lego bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with Lego models."

Loot Rascals - PS4 — Digital - Loot Rascals - "Only you can rescue Big Barry — your huge robot head pal — from a space theme park that’s been invaded by a tentacled pan-dimensional godbeast"

Nier: Automata - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "a fresh take on the action RPG genre that gracefully blends mesmerizing action with a captivating story."

Shift Happens - PS4 — Digital - "Bismo and Plom — two loveable jelly creatures who got merged due to a comical yet dramatic accident."

Sublevel Zero Redux - PS4 — Digital - "a first-person, roguelike, six-degree-of-freedom shooter"

Talisman Digital Edition - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "players battle it out to journey across a dangerous land and be the first to claim the Crown of Command, a magical artefact with the power to destroy all rivals and make the bearer the true ruler of the kingdom."

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "the very first military shooter in a massive, dangerous, and responsive open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op"

Total Jigsaw - PS4 — Digital - "Start a jigsaw, save it midway through, and complete it later"

Unearthing Mars - PS VR — Digital - "Carrier-class spacecraft Sentra has arrived in Mars orbit, tasked to retrieve remnants of the missing explorer satellite Phobos."



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
PS4 firmware 4.50 is out tomorrow, which means it's time to turn on your system when you do *not* want to use it so it can download and install when you're doing something else.



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Thanks for the firmware heads up!

Also, there's an update for No Man's Sky (blog.eu.playstation.com) which will feature a bunch new content. At some point I need to sneak in and start checking everything out. I think I've played maybe five minutes since the Base Building update.



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The problem with waiting to play games until they're marked down is everyone's talking about how great Breath of the Wild is, and I'm all "hey, Watch Dogs 2 is amusing in how much they're compensating for the first game, but I really am awful at sneaking around."

I also played Disc Jam for the first time, playing without actually knowing the controls at all, and it still was super fun. I'm not sure if I could imagine playing one on one for a long time, but it's a really great two on a couch game versus two randoms on the internet game (though would be better if it could connect to games faster.)

Mostly, I can't stop playing 3 on 3 Basketball as part of some crazy mission to level up my SG to my five star level. It's all kinds of dumb, because it may not actually be possible to do that (the item I need isn't on sale) and I'll probably be mentally done with playing the game one I get the best tools to play it, but that's the story with all leveling up games for me.

I don't think I've played River City more than twice so far. I went as far as figuring out how to hook up a PS4 controller for Steam, which helped a lot, but I'm just not used to playing games on my laptop screen. Maybe I'll hook it up to my TV.

PS Now says they'll be adding PS4 games to the service sometime in the next few months.


This week's new games

#killallzombies - PS3 — Digital (Out 3/16) - "thrusting civilians into a fight for survival against the unleashed population of ravenous zombies."

ACA NeoGeo Sengoku - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/16) - "an action game released by SNK in 1991. "

Blue-Collar Astronaut - PS4, PS3, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - This easy to play but hard to master 2D spaceflight genre-buster"

Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe- - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/15) "a simple yet highly flexible 2D fighter"

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "You and your classmates have been trapped here, forced into a winner-takes-all killing game."

Death Squared - PS4 — Digital - "guide teams of two or four robots through increasingly-complex levels to their color-coded goals"

Dying: Reborn - PS Vita — Digital - "a dark, horror-themed puzzle game that creates a unique first-person room escape experience."

Eekeemoo — Splinters of the Dark Shard - PS4 — Digital - "awesome third person adventure game you will help Eekeemoo rescue his friends from the clutches of the evil Dark Shard!"

Kona - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/17) - "Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive."

Leave the Nest - PS VR — Digital - "If you’ve ever had a dream of flying, wanted to feel the wind in your hair, wanted to soar and dive among trees of the forest, race trains and cruise perilously close to dangerous volcanoes, then this game is for you."

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/16) = "a fan-favorite, 2D action-platformer with highly satisfying combat and gorgeous pixel art"

NeuroVoider - PS4 — Digital - "a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a futuristic world about brains shooting evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers"

Siralim 2 - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "old-school monster catching RPG"

Styx: Shards of Darkness - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Assassinate or sneak past enemies — Humans, Elves, and Dwarfs — but also much more fearsome, colossal creatures, and experiment with a new array of lethal abilities and weapons in your goblin assassin’s arsenal."

Trove - PS4 — Digital - "free-to-play, voxel-based action MMO."

(voxel-based based means tiny 3D objects which are usually cubes, I think.)



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
No Man Sky's down to $15! if you're ok with a used copy from GameFly. I've got plenty of other things to play now.



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Are you having trouble connecting to the internet after downloading PS4 software 4.5? It's known bug for wifi users. That link has a couple of workaround which may work for you.



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This week's releases

88 Heroes - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/24) - "It’s 8:08 AM on August 8, 1988, and the evil Dr. H8 has brought the world to the brink of total annihilation!"

Berserk and the Band of the Hawk - PS4, PS Vita — Digital - "the action of cutting through hundreds of enemies, fundamental to the Warriors series, is fused together with the dark and gruesome atmosphere of the world of Berserk"

Death Tales - PS4 — Digital - "Collect cards to gain powerful attacks, embark on quests for a cast of quirky characters, and make difficult choices in a richly illustrated 2D world filled with darkness and whimsy"

Deformers - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/24) - "The release date has been updated." - sounds compelling!

Everything - PS4 — Digital "Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete."

Freedom Planet - PS4 — Digital - "a cartoony, combat-based platform adventure that pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force."

Mass Effect: Andromeda - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival."

Rayon Riddles – Rise of the Goblin King - PS4 — Digital - "Solve puzzles and escape Orcs, Trolls, and other creatures on an exciting and funny journey full of surprises.:

Royal Defense - PS4 — Digital - "Build towers, save money, learn spells, and keep the enemy away!"

This is the Police - PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 3/22) - "Taking the role of gritty Police Chief Jack Boyd, you’ll dive into a deep story of crime and intrigue."

Touhou Double Focus - PS4, PS Vita — Digital - Touhou Genso Double Focus - "Swap between the two girls in battle, so you can utilize their abilities to gain the advantage."

Touhou Genso Wanderer - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (PS4 at Retail)- "Take control of Reimu, the Hakurei Shrine Maiden, and investigate the latest incident to take place in the world of Gensokyo in this roguelike RPG."

Toukiden 2 - PS4, PS Vita — Digital, Retail - "Experience the latest hunting action game featuring a dynamic targeted destruction system."

Troll & I - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Deep in the Nordic wilderness, a teenage boy named Otto is forced to flee his home after a band of brutal hunters rip through his village in search of a mythical creature rumored to inhabit the forest."

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games - PS4, PS Vita — Digital, Retail (Out 3/24) - "Two Nonary Games, two sets of nine unwilling participants kidnapped to an unfamiliar location. One set trapped on a sinking boat with nine hours to escape, the other locked in a facility and forced to either trust or betray each other."



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I never played Parappa The Rapper when that was a thing. Do I need to get the new remastered version that's coming out?



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It may be gone by the time you read this, but Amazon is currently offering a year of PS+ at $48, $12 off normal.

PS4 Pro will now play 4K video - if it's on a USB stick or a media server. You could already watch it via streaming services, but not via discs.

New PS releases

Anoxemia - PS4 — Digital - "a story-driven exploration game that puts you in control of the scientist Dr. Bailey and his operations drone, ATMA."
APB: Reloaded - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31) - "In the world of APB, it’s your choice: live on the edge of the law or enforce it."

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 (PS2 Classic) - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/27) - "some of SNK fan’s favorite titles from the Real Bout Fatal Fury series."

Fated: The Silent Oath - PS VR — Digital - "a tale of courage and sacrifice where an everyday father and husband must do the impossible to save his family from the destruction of the world at the hands of giants of old."

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS2 Classic) - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/29) - "Besides planting crops, raising animals, and rebuilding your father’s farm, you’ll make friends in Forget-Me-Not Valley, find your future bride, and hopefully cultivate a happy family!
Has Been Heroes"

PS4 — Digital - Has Been Heroes - "the King has one more quest, the most epic of them all: to take the twin princesses to school!"

Heroes of the Monkey Tavern - PS4 — Digital - "
After countless days and nights celebrating within the infamous Monkey Tavern, our team of adventurers have spent every last penny."

Horse Racing 2016 - PS4 — Digital - "Feel the thrill of a real racing championship." - how late is this game if it's a 2016 game in March of 2017

The Inner World - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31) - The release date has been updated!

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix - "an HD remastered collection of 6 unforgettable Kingdom Hearts experiences available for the first time on PS4."

Korix - PS VR — Digital -"places you deep in space, fighting for your race’s survival after your homeworld is destroyed."

MLB The Show 17 - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "the most authentic and personal baseball gaming experience on console"

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call - PS4 — Digital - "When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict."

Old Time Hockey - PS4 — Digital - "old school arcade style hockey game where blood on the ice is just another day at the rink."

Punch Club - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31) - "Welcome to Punch Club, the Boxing Management Tycoon where you choose your own path, and find out who murdered your father" - what a twist at the end!

R.B.I. Baseball 17 - PS4 — Digital - "fast paced, high-octane, pick-up-and-play baseball action."

Rain World - PS4 — Digital - "You are a slugcat."

Salt and Sanctuary - PS Vita — Digital - "seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics."

SkyKeepers - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31) - "a 2D action platformer following the journey of village chief Tangi"

Snake Pass - PS4 — Digital - "climb your way to the top of Haven Tor in this one-of-a-kind puzzle adventure"

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard - PS4 — "Battle the terrifying beasts of Ragnarok as you strive to survive the growing cold that threatens to end all life."

We Are The Dwarves - PS4 — Digital - "Deliverance is poised upon three Dwarven astronauts who are sent on an expedition to find a new star in the depths of the Endless Stone."

Wonder Boy Returns - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/30) "classic action masterpiece arcade game Wonder Boy has been remade in HD!"

(edited by thecubsfan on 27.3.17 1846)


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Let's continue this as my video game diary blog. I finished WatchDogs 2 very late Monday night. (Protip: the credits went over a half hour, maybe don't respectfully let them play.) The protagonist and the stories are so much better than the first game. The viilians are more one dimensional than a pencil line, but I actually liked most of the lead characters by the end and that's such an improvement.

The gameplay is not as big a leap, but it's good. This game, this franchise works best when it's a puzzle game. The circuit puzzles were the best thing about the first game and I'm glad they got a bigger role in this one. Figuring out how you could sneak to objectives without being caught was often tense and fun when I could figure out how to move people around the right way. It doesn't totally hold together. The last few scenes (Tidus Robot factory, both Blume set pieces) seemed extraordinary difficult and seemed to require a lot of being Rambo and a lot of being lucky with the AI.

There's one plot thing I need to talk about in spoilers


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They really did Horatio wrong in this. He gets nothing to do outside of the faux-Google mission, and even that turns out to be very obviously only to happen to give you some reason to care when he dies in the next big story beat. Except, Marcus and the rest of Dedsec must not care that much, because his name never seems to get get mentioned again.

Even worse, you know he's either dead or otherwise leaving the plot for hours before it happens. There's plenty of optional quests to go thru, only Horatio never appears in any of them because he might be dead in the plot by the time it happens. By the time you get thru the whole gang being involved but him, it's pretty obvious something had happened. They could've had some alternate scenes or come up with an explanation but they just didn't. It sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't have the emotional impact they wanted.


I liked it enough that I might end up getting some of the DLC. (I'm also nearly up another trophy level, so I might just go back to a hunt a few of them.) Definitely worth the time at $30 if you like open world games.

New PS+ games for April
- Drawn To Death, PS4
- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, PS4
- Invizimals: the Lost Kingdom, PS3
- Alien Rage – Extended Edition, PS3
- 10 Second Ninja, PS Vita (crossbuy with PS4)
- Curses ‘n Chaos, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4)

Drawn to Death is Disc Jam/Rocket League like, a title launching on PS+. This one is 3rd person shooter/figther that had a very different look (straight out of a the margins of a junior high notebook) in trailers.



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